Shockers fight back to win series over ECU

WICHITA, Kan. (WSU, KWCH) -- After trailing by four runs after the top of the first inning, the Wichita State softball team climbed back to take the series against ECU with an 11-5 win on Saturday afternoon.

Sydney McKinney and Bailee Nickerson led the Shockers with two hits in three at-bats while driving in three runs each, while McKinney also tied her career high in RBIs. Caitlin Bingham registered her 13th win of the season after pitching the last six innings and striking out four batters.

ECU picked up right where they left off from Friday, starting the game with a leadoff double. The Pirates scored the game's first run after a walk and single to right center, adding two more runs off fielding errors by the Shockers. A sacrifice grounder by Kendra Ziemba to first base scored the fourth run of the inning, but the Shockers were quick to respond.

After a leadoff walk by McKinney, Ryleigh Buck cut the deficit in half with her eighth home run of the season. Madison Perrigan added a double in the next at-bat, scoring off a single to left field by Bailee Nickerson. The Shockers tied the game in their next at-bat, with Adi Reese recording her third double of the season to make it a 4-4 game.

Following two walks, Rachel McCollum came up with a single to swing the lead back over to ECU in the top of the third. Wichita State, however, returned the favor by drawing two walks and coming up with a bunt single to load the bases a half-inning later. A single by McKinney drove in two RBIs to allow the Shockers to take their first lead and a sacrifice fly to left field by Perrigan pushed them out to a 7-5 lead.

Wylie Glover drew a walk to start the bottom of the fifth, with McKinney bringing her home on a double to left center to extend the lead to three runs. After a sacrifice bunt by Buck and a walk from Perrigan, a groundout to second by Laurie Derrico pushed the Shockers' lead to four. Nickerson collected her fifth home run of the season to left field in the next at-bat, giving the Shockers an 11-5 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Bingham worked her way out of a bases loaded jam to keep the lead at six.

The Shockers had seven different players collect hits, with six players collecting RBIs. McKinney extended her hit streak to six games, marking the fourth time in five games where she has collected two hits.

Wichita State (28-20, 9-6) takes on No. 1 Oklahoma on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Wilkins Stadium before going on its final regular season road trip at Tulsa on Friday.